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I run a Youtube channel and I purchased a Blue Snowball Mic to record with. The problem I am running into is even when I set it to just forward facing it is picking up tons of background noise. I guess Condenser mics are prone to this? Is there anyway I can make this Mic work without tons of back ground noise? I mean if I even breath heavy it picks it up. My case fans are uber quite and you would think they are deltas on the mic? Is there another mic type I should look at?
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You're right:  this is just the way condenser mics function and there's no way to change it.  The only solution is to get a Dynamic microphone instead.

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Dandy! Any you would recommend?
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Well, I don't know what most people are using for podcasting mics nor do I know if anyone uses dynamic mics, but I just thought of a question:  how far away would you say you have the Snowball from your mouth?

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Around a 1Ft. And I have it pointed away from my PC but still picks up some noise. I am playing with Audacity and it seems to be cleaning up some of the noise and making the track a little clearer.
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Around a 1Ft. And I have it pointed away from my PC but still picks up some noise. I am playing with Audacity and it seems to be cleaning up some of the noise and making the track a little clearer.

 

I don't know this mic well enough to be sure about what I'm going to say, but try larger distances.  The reason I asked how far away it is from you is that you mentioned it picks up your breathing if you breathe too heavy, so then I started thinking that maybe it was just too close.  So try other distances, like say maybe 2 feet or 3 feet, etc.  You can even try the farthest distance available to you just to kind of get somewhat of a benchmark.

 

Also, being that it is a condenser mic, it is always going to be picking up the sound of the room like that.  I mean, you mentioned that you have it pointed away from the PC but it's still picking up some noise, and that's because condenser mics are almost as sensitive as human ears.  At least, they kind of work in a similar way:  sound sources don't need to be close at all in order to be easily picked-up.

 

So, try to think of it as a human ear just sitting there.  :)

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post #7 of 19
Depends more on what you want it to look like. IMO the blue mics are expensive because of design and because of name brand recognition now and because they tailor to gamers/podcaster, but aren't the best in their price range for sure.

If you're cool going with a typical microphone that has exceptional mic quality look into Shure SM58, Audio Technica AT2020, or Alesis USB Mic. I suggest using a wind filter though so you don't get those annoying Puh when you pop your P's.

Forgot to add the AKG D-5



But seeing as you already bought the Blue mic, try turning the mic volume down in system settings. It'll help kill a lot of background noise.
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Depends more on what you want it to look like. IMO the blue mics are expensive because of design and because of name brand recognition now and because they tailor to gamers/podcaster, but aren't the best in their price range for sure.
If you're cool going with a typical microphone that has exceptional mic quality look into Shure SM58, Audio Technica AT2020, or Alesis USB Mic. I suggest using a wind filter though so you don't get those annoying Puh when you pop your P's.
Forgot to add the AKG D-5
But seeing as you already bought the Blue mic, try turning the mic volume down in system settings. It'll help kill a lot of background noise.

I have an AT2020 and it seems to be fairly forgiving of my PC fans. The downside is there's an annoying LED inside it that shines in your eyes if you have the mic at the wrong level.
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post #9 of 19
Depending on the way you want to go, you could get a USB dynamic mic like the Rode Podcaster USB Dynamic Mic or the Samson Q1UCW, or you could get just a dynamic mic, and hook it up to your computer via a USB Mixer, USB to XLR cable, or USB Audio interface. Here's some ideas for those:

USB Mixer:
-Behringer Xenyx 302USB
-Alesis MultiMix 4 USB

USB to XLR Cable:
-Alesis MicLink XLR-to-USB Cable
-Art XConnect XLR-to-USB Cable

Dynamic Mics:
-Shure SM58
-Samson Q7
-Behringer XM8500

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post #10 of 19
Use the -10dB switch on the mic or move the mic closer to your mouth, so your voice will be louder, and the background noise will be quieter.

It's possible that the built-in pre-amp gain on your USB mic is crappy, and that would definitely cause white noise.
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